First Solar founder says Europe's energy policies leaving U.S. behind

Knowledge W.P. Carey
August 3, 2009
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : SOLAR

A company based in Arizona's "Valley of the Sun" went abroad to the much less sunny Germany to find the market opportunity that made it one of the fastest growing manufacturers of solar modules in the world, said its CEO, Michael Ahearn.

Ahearn, founder as well as CEO of First Solar Inc., was named the 2009 Dean's Council of 100 Executive of the Year by the W. P. Carey School of Business. In his acceptance speech he said that the U.S. lags behind European Union member nations, which are moving toward a carbon-neutral model that will be a global competitive advantage in coming decades, according to a July 29 report on Knowledge W.P. Carey.

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